<link href='https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Trade+Winds' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'></link>
<style>
  #title {
    font-family: Trade Winds;
    color: #FC2;
    }
  h2 {
    font-family: Tangerine;
    } 
  h5 {
    font-family: Trade Winds; 
    }
  #zone {
    background-color:#EEEEEE;
    border-radius: 20px;
    }
  .yellowcube 
  {
      background-color: #FC2;
      border-radius: 10px;
      
  }
  .orangecube {
      background-color: #DDD;
      border-radius: 10px;     
  }
  .greencube {
      background-color: #000;
      border-radius: 10px;
      
  }
</style>
<div id=zone class="container-fluid text-center">
  <h1 id=title class="text-primary text-center">Carmen Castro</h1>
  <div id=orangecube class="text-center">
    <p class="orangecube">I first read the name Carmen Castro when I discovered the French record label Ed Banger, whose main public face is Busy P (AKA Pedro Winter). Busy P had worked as Daft Punk's producer in the early years. Being an avid Daft Punk listener, I had immediately
      taken to Justice's music when I first started listening to it in the mid 2000s. So I sought out the common connection in liner notes and online and discovered Winter was one tangible personality in common with the two electronic music superacts.
      I started listening to other music from Winter's label. I became a fan of French House music. In listening to such delightful and new music while reading about the more or less reclusive artists who make it I also stumbeled upon a name that evokes
      romantacism, mystery and a communist revolutionary turned obstinate dictator. #whereintheworldisfidelcastro? #bizetbitches!</p>
  </div>

  <h2 id=subtitle class="text-secondary text-center"> Who is Carmen Castro?</h2>
  <div class="centered-row" container-fluid"">
    <div class="col-md-4 greencube"><iframe width="325" height="325" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A7DhB1M2Juw?list=PL6lDsfXagsrSiSUCBI8QacE7KenV_nZAq" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div>
    <div id=list class="col-md-4 orangecube">
      <div class="yellowcube"><p> What is known of Carmen Castro's music work you can listen to or, as in the case of my favorite of the trio, watch on Youtube.</p>
      <ul font-family="trade-winds" class="yellowcube" >
        <li><i>My Lonely Valentine</i>, Dandy Andy, Island Records Group</li>
        <li><i>Two Takes It</i>, Mr. Oizo - Lambs Anger, Ed Banger Records and Because Music</li>
        <li><i>Toodoo</i>, Mr Oizo* - Stade 3, Ed Banger Records and Because Music</li>
        </ul></div>
        <p>In fact that is the entire contents of her discography, although not just for standout vocal work. She does have a distinct voice and she plays thoughtfully with her lyrics, that she helped write, at least possibly according to discogs for <i>Two Takes It</i>.
          <i>Two Takes It</i> is itself a remix of <i>It Takes Two</i> by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock.</p>
    </div>
    <div class="col-md-4 greencube"><iframe width="325" height="325" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/phOW-CZJWT0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div </div>

    <div class="centered-row container-fluid">
      <div class="col-md-4 greencube"><iframe width="325" height="325" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LdhipH6tgTk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div>
      <div class="col-md-4 orangecube">
        <p>Carmen Castro appears on those three tracks as a vocalist. The first track of hers I encountered, <i>Two Takes It</i>, definitely had a familiar sound to it, being a remix of a somewhat frequenlty played song with many frequently used samples. I stumbled upon <i>My Lonely Valentine</i> years later, but immediately remembered where I had seen Carmen Castro's name before. I showed my friend the two tracks and tried to get him excited about them too. We had a small debate about who this enigmatic woman might be. We enetertained the possibility that it could be any number of starlets, but likely not somebody too well known. We speculated. While doing research with my friend and listening to music we like we discovered the third of the Carmen Castro tracks, <i>Toodoo</i>. This one is my friend's favorite of the three.</p>
      </div>
      <div class="col-md-4 greencube"><iframe width="325" height="325" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DB2ebc6pQfY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div>
    </div>
      <div class="yellowcube">
    <h4>Ok, but who is she?</h4>
    <p>We don't know! I don't know. I'm pretty sure it's not a reflection of my intelect or diligence that I can't answer that question. I think it has to do with the celebrity-shy ethos of French House, something I always found refreshing, progressive and
      not excessively gimmicky. Think Daft Punk's helmets if you're unfamiliar with that music scene. When asked in <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s2515142.htm">an interview</a>, her collaborator Mr. Oizo was said to grow "cagey". According
      to him, Castro is blonde, famous-ish and possibly American.</p>
    <p> What I do know is that I love these songs, especially <i>My Lonely Valentine</i>. When I listen to it I am reminded that the question, "Who creates delightful and new things, like this music?", could be considered a rhetorical one. It's the joy itself of the creation that is appealing. Who created it is secondary. So while this is still a compelling question to me, I think a better question for myself and for my audience would be, "What delightful and new things will you create today to inspire
      wonder and joy in others?"</p>
    <p>And thank you Carmen Castro for inspiring wonder and joy in me... and helping me to get up and dance.</p>
    <h5> For more information about the fascinating and influental world of French House I'd recommend the book <a href="https://www.amazon.ca/French-Connections-From-Disco-Discovery/dp/1860744494/180-7218630-6165357?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0"><i>French Connections: From Disco to Discovery</i></a>, while if you want to begin unraveling the mystery yourself a good place to start would be some of those videos, your own Google search, <a href="https://youtu.be/ew_U81hmB5E">this fascinating documentary about Mr. Oizo</a> or his <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Oizo">Wikipedia entry.</a></h5>.
      </div>
      <img size=40px src=https://40.media.tumblr.com/f5f9212cae31844d954caf567e684383/tumblr_my8fupz1wd1su17npo1_1280.jpg>
  </div>
  Above image is the inspiration for the album art of Lambs Anger, from the film <i>Un Chien Andalou</i>, you can find more information about that <a class="img-responsive" href=https://artofalbumcovers.tumblr.com/post/70845234297/mr-oizo-lambs-anger-from-1928-surrealist-film>here.</a> Page written and coded by Miles Snider.

body {
  margin: 60px; 
}

External CSS

  1. https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.6/css/bootstrap.min.css
  2. https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/animate.css/3.5.1/animate.min.css
  3. https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/foundation/6.2.0/foundation.min.css
  4. https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.6/css/bootstrap.min.css
  5. https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/animate.css/3.5.1/animate.min.css
  6. https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/foundation/6.2.0/foundation.min.css

External JavaScript

  1. //cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.2.2/jquery.min.js
  2. //cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.2.2/jquery.min.js